Strong #UNIONS = Stronger Communities
The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
When: Friday, October 12, 2018
To those members who want to see a preview of what the retiree medical insurance will look like (for both pre-medicare and medicare eligibles) the City is holding a one day info session on Friday, October 12, 2018. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center (South Building). Free parking will be available in designated areas.
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Remember this name: State Policy Network.
SPN is an umbrella organization for more than 100 anti-union, anti-worker affiliates. SPN’s goal, in its own words, is to “defund and defang” public service labor unions like AFSCME. Why? Because when unions are strong, SPN’s billionaire funders have less power over their employees and our country.
Soon, you may hear from representatives of these groups who will try to trick you into giving up your rights and hurting your pay and benefits by dropping your union membership.
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July 1st marks the start of fiscal year '18-'19 and the final year of our current 3-year contract. We want to thank all of our working families for their sacrifice and hard work and dedication to the citizens of Phoenix.
Negotiations on the next contract will begin early in 2019. In the year three agreement, the economic value of concessions to be restored will equal 1.3%. The third year will include restoration of 50% of Vacation buy back concession that will restore back to 80 hours of buyback. Our Deferred Compensation Package (DCP) -also known as your 401A employer contribution, will be increased by 1.41% plus an additional 0.02% for a total of 3.62%.
Have you checked your files lately? You might be surprised by what you find. Medical information, expired supervisory counseling memos, documentation of situations you never knew occurred, these are just a few examples from this month. Everyone should take a few minutes to review their Department and Supervisor files annually to ensure that only appropriate documents are present. Call us, an AFSCME representative will gladly explain the process.
Remember in Section 4-2, when a unit member works overtime of two (2) hours or more in addition to their work shift, they are entitled to an additional fifteen (15) minute break. Every additional two (2) hours of overtime will entitle an employee to an additional fifteen (15) minute break.
After four (4) consecutive hours of overtime, a unit member shall be entitled to a paid meal break of thirty (30) minutes, but in no event shall a unit member be entitled to more than one such break for every eight (8) consecutive hours of overtime.
In Section 3-5 of our MOU - Shift Differential Pay, unit members shall receive ninety cents ($0.90) per hour in addition to their regular rate of pay when working a night shift which ends at or after 9:00 p.m., and before midnight, and one dollar and twenty five cents ($1.25) per hour in addition to their regular rate of pay when working a night shift which includes work during the period after midnight to 4:00 a.m.
Members shall receive shift premium pay for only hours scheduled and worked, not while on paid leave.
We have been receiving calls about the differential pay and how it should be paid out. If you believe you have not been paid correctly, please contact the Hall.
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In September 2016, the Mayor and Council approved a new policy which covers City employees’ ability to participate in Phoenix Mayor and Council elections. A.R. 2.16 allows City employees to privately express their political opinions in City of Phoenix elections.
Examples of what the policy now allows includes posting private opinions on personal or non-governmental social media accounts. Displaying yard signs on non-governmental property, signing nominating petitions, or communicating with another person or group of people regarding City elections when the employee does not do so in an official City capacity.
While the new policy allows private political expression for City employees, there are still certain restrictions to be aware of. City employees may NOT: Use any official City authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the results of an election. Participate in the management or affairs of any City candidates’ campaign for Mayor of Phoenix or Phoenix City Council including, but not limited to, soliciting or making financial contributions to candidates. Display bumper stickers and posters on City vehicles or display bumper stickers, posters, literature, buttons, or other campaign material on City property or at their individual work sites. Use an official city title or designate employment with the City in political advertisements, endorsements, or speeches.
Now is the time to get involved and get informed on the people running for Council and Mayor
(Mayor seat vacated by Greg Stanton and the Council seats of District 5 and District 8 which both Council members are vying for the top spot as Mayor), lets get the word out to family and friends who reside in Phoenix. Remember that this is the opportunity for our voices to be heard, bring focus on the City employees (Working Families) who have dedicated to public service, bring innovative solutions to our City which will in turn help secure our future as well as our community's future. Let’s gear up and be ready for the call when the opportunity rises to meet these candidates and place your vote. (Graphics displays City Council District Map)
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We would like to remind all members that if you sustain an injury on the job to make your initial visit with Concentra Medical Facility for a diagnosis, then make your second visit directly with your primary care physician for treatment. If you make a second visit to Concentra your case will be locked in with them as your primary physician for your injury. Concentra has historically sent employees back to work with restrictions. This also gives the City of Phoenix the right to place you in a light duty position for the duration of your injury. You must then comply with all of the City’s rules and regulations regarding attendance and call-in procedures. You could petition to The Industrial Commission of Arizona by submitting a request to change doctors, however, the process is lengthy and may not yield the results you are after. Some of our members have sustained injuries that should have had them out of work while getting the necessary treatment. Our members have had more success going to their own primary care physicians on the second visit while bypassing Concentra’s medical facilities. In doing so, they have receiving the proper diagnosis and more accurate treatment. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend that you contact your Union Hall immediately for assistance and direction.
There have been a lot of concerns from our members regarding BE time and how to properly track or use time. We have attended several training sessions at different departments and unfortunately there are a lot more questions than answers at this point. What we do know is that starting in July each employee accrued 10 hours of BI time that can be used as BE Each following month the 10 hours of BI accrued will be eligible for BE usage up to 40 hours for the calendar year. BE time can be used to care for yourself or another person. The employee does not have to provide a reason for the absence other than BE, but a supervisor may ask. BE can be used in increments as small as 15 minutes. This is where it seems the training differs depending on who is teaching. The best recommendation at this point is to put the time in and then we respond accordingly. If you have questions or concerns about your rights, please call the office. We will be working with H.R. and the other labor groups to develop a final version of the A.R. and BE rules. The deadline for this version is December 31st, so expect more changes between now and then.
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Across the country Americans are facing an out-of-balance economy that favors the wealthy while wages remain stagnant for everyone else. Working families are struggling to get ahead and public services are under attack. AFSCME PEOPLE, our Union’s political action fund, provides us with an opportunity to stand together to protect the benefits and rights we’ve won in our workplaces and in our communities. We must take an active role to elect politicians who advocate for issues that are important to working families, like the need to balance the economy, defend workers’ rights, secure workers’ benefits, invest in public services, and ensure a secure retirement for all. By contributing you can help elect local, state and federal candidates who will fight for us and the issues we care about the most. Call the hall we will be glad to assist you.
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What should I do if I get a Notice of Inquiry (NOI)? If you receive an NOI, contact your Site Steward or call the Hall immediately. Do not submit a response without first contacting your Site Steward or the Hall. We are here to assist you in writing your response and make sure you receive all the rights you deserve.